Men's Lacrosse

Molander shines but Bobcats fall in a close one at Mars Hill in season opener, 19-18

Molander shines but Bobcats fall in a close one at Mars Hill in season opener, 19-18

Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner

MARS HILL, N.C. – Senior attackman Alec Molander matched a single-game program record with 11 points (6g, 5a) in the Lees-McRae College men's lacrosse team's 2019 season opener at Mars Hill Saturday afternoon. Despite Molander's and the rest of the Bobcats' best efforts, Lees-McRae fell to the Lions, 19-18.

As the final score would indicate, neither team had trouble finding the back of the net Saturday. Every quarter had at least six goals scored with three of the four having 10 or more shots that beat the goal keepers. Additionally, neither squad could get too far ahead of the other as the largest lead was just three goals. Mars Hill took said three-goal advantage with a man-up goal with 4:58 to go in regulation. Lees-McRae answered with goals at 2:33 and 1:52 but the comeback stalled there and the Lions held on for the 19-18 victory.

Molander's 11-point outing Saturday definitely headlined the individual performances by the Bobcats. As mentioned earlier, the 11 points by Molander against the Lions matched a program record, which he set previously with 11 points against Coker in 2017. The Victoria, British Columbia native has three other 10-point performances during his collegiate career, and he is the only Bobcat ever to score 10 or more points in a single game.

In addition to Molander's outing, several other Bobcats had stellar statistical days. Craig Barr netted five goals on seven shots, while midfielder Ryan Beauchamp also finished the day with five points with three goals and two assists. Finally, Jake Leath, Benjamin Davidson, Ethan Knight and Matt Clary all tallied their first collegiate points in the contest.

Senior net-minder Cameron Castle was tagged with the loss Saturday. Castle made 13 saves in 32 shots faced and scooped up three ground balls on the day.

Lees-McRae will be back in action next Saturday when it travels to another South Atlantic Conference (SAC) school in Tusculum. First face-off between the Bobcats and Pioneers is set for 3 p.m. from Greeneville, Tennessee.  

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